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Kurt Busch won NASCAR’s most prestigious race, the Daytona 500 on Sunday after a day filled with multiple wrecks. One of the main stories going into the race was the return of Dale Earnhardt Jr, but he crashed out early on leaving the field open. Busch was unable to race in last year’s Daytona due to a domestic abuse issue from his former girlfriend. Busch came back a few races later when no criminal charges were filed. With the win, Busch brings a win to his new owner (and former NASCAR driver) Tony Stewart. As Stewart said, “I ran this damn race (17) years ago and couldn’t win it. Finally won it as an owner.”
During a timeout in the Warriors/Nets game, Steph Curry left his team’s huddle to assist a female fan who was competing in a skeeball contest on the court. Curry helped her win $5000 dollars.No comments
The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are certainly not sitting on their laurels with an amazing 5 Super Bowl wins. Just days after taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the Pats filed a trademark application for the phrase “Blitz for Six”. Got to appreciate their confidence.
Golden State Warrior, Kevin Durant knew what he would get some heat Saturday night when he returned to Oklahoma City to play his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Not only did Durant put up solid numbers in a decisive 130-114 win, but he and his teammates embraced the taunting. Steph Curry and Draymond Green grabbed a couple of the “Cupcake” tshirts, distributed at the game and did their postgame interviews proudly wearing them. In case it’s not clear, the “cupcake” reference is supposed to imply Durant is “soft”.
The New York Knicks are trying to deflect their bad press (when they recently ousted Charles Oakley) and attempted to show they appreciate their players, by inviting a number of former Knicks to attend the matchup against the San Antonia Spurs Sunday night. Most notable was former Knick Latrell Sprewell, who sat next to team owner James Dolan. When Sprewell first appeared back at Madison Square Garden in 2003, after his trade to the Timberwolves, he shouted at Dolan resulting in a 25K fine. It’s not clear if inviting the former players Sunday night helped the Knicks image, but at least they had a good night of basketball beating the Spurs 94-90.No comments
SUPER BOWL PREVIEW
Here are some fun facts to get you extra excited for Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th 6:30 pm!
Pre-game show- The actresses who played the Schuyler sisters from the smash Broadway hit Hamilton will sing, “America the Beautiful” during the pre-game show
National Anthem-Country star Luke Bryan
Halftime Show-Lady Gaga will headline
The Falcons finished the season with the 7th highest rated scoring offense in NFL history. This is QB Matt Ryan’s first Super Bowl, but he hasn’t shown any nervous signs throughout the post season. In fact, he hasn’t thrown an interception since December 4th, 2016. Ryan’s favorite target, receiver Julio Jones has also been great in the playoffs, setting a record for multiple playoff games with 150 plus yards and 2 plus TD’s.
The Patriots dynamic duo of QB Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick have been here done that a record 6 times, winning 4 of the 6 (this will be their 7th appearance in a Super Bowl together). If the Pats win, Brady will hold the record for most Super Bowl wins by a QB (he’s currently tied with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana).
Tickets to the game on Stubhub are going for anywhere from $2,200 to $1 million dollars (for that amount, the ticket holder should be suited up next to Brady or at least sitting with Gisele).
60% of all takeout orders on Sunday will be pizza, over 1.2 billion wings will be eaten and approximately 8,000,000 pounds of guacamole will be consumed.
A 30 second commercial costs $5 million. Click here for a preview of the most anticipated.
By MICHELE GRAHAM
Her company name says it all. Betsy Berns Korn is the voice of sports fandom to thousands of women. Along with her the blog and app FemaleFan.com, Betsy has authored three books on sports, did a stint with the NFL, and has appeared frequently in the media and on panels.
You could say Betsy had no choice in becoming immersed in sports. This California native had three older brothers who, lore has it, cried when their baby sister arrived. They were hoping for a fourth brother so they could have even teams. After getting over their disappointment, they set out on a mission to school Betsy in sports, especially football, which Betsy says, “They obsessed over. I had charts in my rooms and they would test me with pop quizzes.”
While getting her MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School, the term “football widow” gained traction and Betsy spotted an opportunity. She drafted what she refers to as a “dummy’s guide to football.” Betsy’s research included talking to former Minnesota Viking and Chicago Bear players who gave insight into strategy and players’ thinking. Her book, The Female Fan’s Guide to Pro Football, and a poll she conducted that was published in USA Today got the NFL’s attention. Betsy signed on to conduct a Football 101 instructional series across the country that brought together female fans and each city’s pro players. Shortly after came “The Ultimate Female Football Fan” contest in conjunction with Norwegian Cruise Lines. The foray into football was such a success it didn’t take long for motorsports and thoroughbred horseracing to come calling for their own books.
Betsy’s approach with FemaleFan.com is to provide enough info to keep up with water cooler (or coffee bar!) sports talk and to focus on human interest stories. “Women get more involved if they know who they are rooting for. It puts a human face to the athlete.” Betsy’s rule about photos on her site: they have to show players’ faces; it makes them real. In the case of football that means no face masks.
Betsy’s faves these days: The Williams Sisters in tennis. “Women’s tennis is really exciting and the Williams have transformed the sport.” In basketball she’s obsessed with the Golden State Warriors (you can take the girl out of California…). And for Super Bowl Sunday? “The record seven time Super Bowl appearance by the Patriots’ coach player combo Belichick-Brady is incredible. But I also love that this is Matt Ryan’s – the Atlanta Falcon’s quarterback and likely NFL MVP – first Super Bowl appearance. You just can’t miss this!”No comments
Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots tight end, is facing a double murder trial, and in an unusual twist will have to submit his tattoos as evidence. The tattoos on Hernandez hand show guns and the saying “God forgives”. Hernandez isn’t required to take the stand to defend himself, but the prosecution can ask Hernandez to explain his tattoos. Once on the stand, they can then ask him any questions in order to unravel his story.
A new developmental league (think professional football minor league) is hoping to launch in 2018. The idea is to give athletes who aren’t eligible yet to compete in the NFL (age concerns) the option to play in a league where they can get experience and make money. Most athletes would still likely prefer to remain in college, get an education and compete on a high profile stage, but if the league works out as intended, it could provide options for players unable to go or uninterested in college. The Pacific Pro Football League would comprise 4 teams in Southern California competing during July and August.No comments
What a difference a year makes! Last year, the Clemson Tigers lost an extemely close National Championship game to the Alabama Crimson Tide. On Monday night, the tide turned, and in another close game, the Tigers pulled out the win and the rights to be called the best team in college football. Clemson’s quarterback Deshaun Watson made history with a touchdown in the last second of the game as Nick Saban (while tenured as Alabama’s coach) had never lost a game when up by double digits heading into the 4th quarter. That’s 97-0 losses until now. Congrats to the Clemson Tigers 0n becoming National Champions. Clemson 35, Alabama 31.No comments
After 4 blowout games, Wild Card weekend is over and the playoffs are set.
The Houston Texans ousted the Oakland Raiders and will be huge underdogs against the New England Patriots. The Pittsburgh Steelers destroyed the Miami Dolphins and will face the Kansas City Chiefs. With the 26-6 blowout of the Detroit Lions, the Seattle Seahawks will travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons. The Green Bay Packers will play the Dallas Cowboys after their win over the New York Giants.
The story of the weekend was when Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw a Hail Mary at the end of the first half of the wild card playoff game against the Giants and Randall Cobb snagged it for a touchdown. The momentum of the game changed, and the Packers never turned back. To add insult to injury, almost the exact same play catapulted the Giants to a win over the Packers and an eventual trip to the Super Bowl five years ago. As anticipated, the other story of the game will continue to be the Giants Odell Beckham Jr deciding to party in Miami the week before this wild card game. With only 4 catches, 28 yards and a couple of dropped passes, Beckham insists his disappointing performance had nothing to do with his pre-playoff excursion. He said, “At the end of the day, I went through practice, had zero drops, zero missed assignments — there was nothing to connect seven days ago to [Sunday’s game] and how we played and executed. There is just nothing in the world. It’s just not realistic.” Beckham might even be in more hot water after the game as the security at Lambeau field is investigating reports he punched a hole in the wall. Packers 38, Giants 13.
The Dallas Cowboys will likely be without one of their defensive ends Randy Gregory in the playoffs for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. As of now, he will be suspended for a year. According to Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, the news wasn’t a big surprise, so hopefully for the team they’ve planned their postseason without Gregory accordingly.
The Washington Redskins have fired their defensive coordinator Joe Barry as well as his entire defensive staff staff. The Redskins missed the playoffs this season after losing to the New York Giants 19-10 last weekend.No comments
The NFL playoff picture is coming in to view. After a great weekend of football, the New England Patriots secure the top spot in the AFC East again, giving them home field advantage. In the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs pull out the win in their division.
In the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys came away as the NFC East Champs. The NFC South Champs, the Atlanta Falcons, also secure a bye in the first round.
For a complete listing of the 12 teams making the playoffs and their paths to the Super Bowl, click here!
In some NFL coaching news, the 49ers made headlines firing their head coach Chip Kelly after only one season with the team. General Manager, Trent Baalke, was also let go in a disappointing 2-14 season. Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak will also be gone next season announcing he will retire due to his health concerns.
In College Football over the weekend, Alabama beat Washington and Clemson beat Ohio State setting up a showdown for the National Championship on Monday January 9th. If that matchup sounds familiar, it is. The same two teams played in the National Championship last year with Alabama walking away the victors. According to Bama coach Nick Saban, “Every season is its own story. No two seasons and no two teams are ever alike. And even if the teams are the same, no rematch between those teams is ever alike either.”
Female Fan has limited connectivity until after the New Year due to travel. We’ll be back on January 2nd. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a wonderful 2017!No comments